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Pro-Life Catholic Fought Father’s Path to Assisted Suicide (5392)

Christopher Redmond’s experience paints a very different picture of the issue than the one portrayed by media accounts of Brittany Maynard’s recent, tragic death.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Christopher Redmond vividly remembers the shocking question his father asked him during a telephone conversation back in 2011.

“If I decide to take advantage of the Death With Dignity Act in Oregon, will you block me?” his father asked.

His father was in the middle of a battle with stage-four lung cancer, with painful tumors on his spine, and Christopher was startled by the “tense and angry” tone of the question.

“I told him, ‘I will encourage you strongly not to, but I can’t stop you,’” Christopher Redmond, a pro-life Catholic who resides in Oregon, recalled for the Register.

It was the first hint of the elder Redmond’s evolving plan to leave his California home and...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Elect Delegates to Synod: Kurtz, Chaput, DiNardo, Gomez (2467)

After Vatican approval of their selection, the quartet of archbishops will represent the U.S. bishops at next year’s Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Pope Francis leads a session of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family on Oct. 10.

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BALTIMORE — Meeting in Baltimore for their annual fall meeting, the U.S. bishops selected their choices for delegates to next year’s synod on the family, sources confirmed to CNA.

The delegates, in order of election, are: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. bishops’ conference; Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who is hosting the 2015 World Meeting of Families; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the bishops’ conference vice president; and Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the country, who leads the nation’s largest diocese.

The two alternates elected are Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich of...READ MORE

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Light From the East: Churches in Former Communist Countries Discuss Family Synod (2645)

Christian leaders from the region insist that a sound pastoral approach to family issues must be grounded in authentic doctrinal teaching.

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Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk participates in Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Reverberations from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family continue to ricochet around the world.

In Ukraine, for example, despite life-and-death issues preoccupying clergy, implications of the synod are avidly discussed among Catholics.

However, few of the fault lines apparent in Rome divide Christian Churches in a country like Ukraine — making defense of the family a unifying theme for Catholics and the Orthodox who, otherwise, might be lured into politically driven conflict.

At the annual meeting of Eastern Catholic Churches from 20 countries held in Lviv, Ukraine, Oct. 23-26, some 47 bishops came together to concentrate on “ecumenism and the rapport between...READ MORE

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Catholics and Muslims Condemn Terrorism in Name of Religion (1100)

The Catholic-Muslim Forum was held Nov. 11-13 in Rome. Pope Francis encouraged those gathered to persevere in the path of interreligious dialogue and praised the common effort of the two religions in society.

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VATICAN CITY -- In a joint statement delivered Thursday, the Catholic-Muslim Forum condemned acts of terrorism, oppression and violence, affirming it is never acceptable to use religion to justify such acts.

The Catholic-Muslim Forum was held Nov. 11-13 in Rome. It was established in 2008 for dialogue between the religions, and it meets every three years (alternating between the Vatican and a Muslim country. The 2011 event was held in Amman, the Jordanian capital) to harvest the fruit of more grassroots dialogue pursued between the forums. The group met on Wednesday with Pope Francis, who encouraged those gathered to persevere in the path of interreligious dialogue and praised the common...READ MORE

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New Sydney Archbishop Hopes for Vocations-Filled Church (803)

At his installation Mass, Archbishop Anthony Fisher said he wants to be 'a shepherd for Sydney after the heart of Jesus Christ.'

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SYDNEY -- At his Mass of installation on Wednesday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said that, by the time of his retirement, he hopes for a local Church filled with vocations to priesthood and the religious life.

“What will this archdiocese look like when, God willing, I retire in 2035? My hope is for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our Tradition mined with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome and the seminaries, convents and youth groups are teeming with new life,” he said in his Nov. 12 homily at St. Mary's Cathedral.

“That will depend hugely on three factors: our clergy and religious, our families and our young people,” the...READ MORE

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Knives Come Out for Cardinal Pell, Authentic Catholic Literature, Final Perseverance and Much More! (3781)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Authentic Catholic Literature: It Is Not About Us, It Is About God – Dan Flaherty, Regina Magazine

The Grace of Final Perseverance – Nick Hardesty, Catholic Stand

Popes and Antipopes - Shane Schaetzel, Fully Christian

Are the Souls of Aborted Children with the Lord? by Theresa Bonapartis of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

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Spiritual Reading, Don’t Shun the Classics – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

When Being Right Is Wrong: The Deadly Sin of Pride – Father Dwight...READ MORE

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For Pope Francis, Kingdom of God Grows by Silent Witness (1469)

The kingdom of God is not far from us, the Holy Father observed, but, often, it’s ‘hidden in the holiness of daily life.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass on Nov. 13 that the kingdom of God, already present among us, never attracts attention to itself, but, rather, is cultivated though silent holiness in everyday life.

“The kingdom of God is humble, like the seed: humble, but it becomes great by the power of the Holy Spirit,” the Pope told those at the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse.

“It is up to us to let it grow in us, without boasting about it: Let the Spirit come, change our soul and carry us forward in silence, in peace, in tranquility, in closeness to God, to others, in worship of God, without spectacle.”

The Holy Father centered his reflections on the day’s Gospel...READ MORE

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Marriage Is Key to ‘Culture of Encounter,’ Archbishop Cordileone Stresses (1291)

Addressing this week’s USCCB fall assembly, the San Francisco archbishop outlined ways to bear witness to the truth and beauty of marriage.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

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BALTIMORE — With marriage in crisis in the modern world, the faithful have a duty to work for its restoration, promoting the culture of encounter called for by the Holy Father, said a leading U.S. bishop.

“Pope Francis said recently, ‘There is a crisis in the family because it’s beat[en] up from all sides and left very wounded!’ We must help to pick it up, like the Good Samaritan, and care for it,” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone explained.

The archbishop chairs the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He addressed his fellow bishops at their annual fall meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 10.

Marriage is a key part of...READ MORE

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